Dangerous Inmates

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In 2014, looking to take a bold step for criminal-justice reform, Mayor de Blasio banned “punitive segregation,” or solitary confinement, for inmates 22 years old and younger. The policy pleased prisoner advocates but left correction officers in a pickle. Now it emerges that the city has worked around the new mandate by transferring unmanageable younger inmates upstate, where the rules against solitary confinement don’t apply. While well-intentioned, the mayor’s policy was ill-advised and impractical. The rule should be rescinded.  

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Curve: Data clearly show that violent criminal behavior is most pronounced between the ages of 16 and 22. Read more.

  2. Violence: Limiting punitive segregation has coincided with increased violence on Rikers Island. Read more.

  3. Incapacitation: Punitive segregation is most commonly used as a response to inmate-on-inmate or inmate-on-staff violence. Read more.

“The majority of violence in our jails is committed by violent inmates who are 21 and under.”

Elias Husamudeen, President, Correction Officers Benevolent Association

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The Past is Present

“During the 1960s, a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings opened the way for inmates to bring civil-liberties suits in federal court alleging mistreatment or unlawful conditions in state prisons.”

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